I wanted to take the time to introduce myself to our Bolts By The Bay Readers. My name is James Courteau and I was born and raised on the south side of Tampa Bay in Bradenton, although, nowadays I currently call Texas home. I’ve always had a passion for hockey, especially the Bolts, and after encouragement from a friend of mine, I decided to start writing my thoughts down, instead of just preaching the good Lightning word to friends and family.
It’s been an amazing run for the 21 years the Lightning have been in existence and there have been a lot of great memories and milestones. My father took my sister and me to our first game. I’m not sure of the exact year, but it was back when Daren Puppa was still in net. The game was against the Flyers, and at the end of the 3rd, the two netminders stood and watched as the skaters went in to a 5 on 5 brawl at center ice. Since then I have been hooked. I was living in Georgia when the Lightning lifted the Stanley Cup in 2004. My father was at Game 7 and gave me a call so that I could at least hear the celebration, needless to say, Tampa Bay was rocking! The last memory I want to share, is the first game I took my mother too, which was her first hockey game ever. By the 2nd period, she was shouting at our boys to “hit them,” and crying foul when there was a questionable play. Since then, she has tried to catch every game and learn more about this great team.
I try to watch or listen to every game, during which you can usually find me on Twitter talking with fellow Bolts fans to bring about the feeling of camaraderie as if we were at the Forum ourselves. Now when I take trips back home during the season, chances are you’ll be able to find me and family at the Forum cheering on the Bolts.
I hope through my writing for Bolts By The Bay, I will not only entertain and inform our readers, but also promote some good discussion about the Lightning and Hockey in general.
On that note, I look forward to writing for you all and for Bolts By The Bay.
Take care and take it easy!
– Black Sheep Jim
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